Saturday, August 22, 2015

What's Next

Hello GLOW ladies!

We've only got 2 more DVD's on our Three Heavens study. Do you want to go right  into another study or take a break and what subject would you like to do next?

 
 
Here are some links to pages I order from regularly.  I have always found good studies at each one. You might want to visit them and get some ideas.

Christian Book Distributors
Click Here

Lifeway Christian Book Store
Click Here

Mardel Christian Book Store
Click Here

Perry Stone ~ Voice of Evangelism
Click Here

John Hagee Ministries
Click Here

Ed Hinson ~ teaches prophecy @ Liberty University
Click Here

Hope you'll take some time to browse through sites and see what might catch your interest,  We'll see what everyone thinks when we meet Wednesday.

((hugs)) and blessings
MaryJane






 
 
 
 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Girlfriends

There is no greater joy....
 
 
Time with girlfriends is like therapy for the soul.  It is the safe place where women can be "real," sharing life's burdens and celebrating daily joys.  Girlfriends become salve for disappointments and amplifiers for encouragement.  Girlfriend time is simply one of the best spots in any day.
 
Girlfriends come in all types: the tea cozy mentoring ladies. the relax on the beach girls. the hold your hand and pray through crisis sisters, the giggle through the night BFF's.  Whether they are near or far, young or old, from work or the neighborhood, girlfriends add joy to life.
 
Always celebrate the girlfriends in your life, embrace the gift of their friendship, recognize every minute of girlfriend time as a beautiful gift from God.
 
Sharing from:
The Simple Joys of Girlfriends
Heartwarming Stories & Inspiration to Celebrate Friends.
 
((hugs)) and Blessings,
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Angels

Do y'all remember this song?  I love the words and melody.

Angels Among Us
 
I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.
But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.
Mama couldn't see him, but he was standing there.
And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.




When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees.
There's always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand.
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand.

And ain't it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road.
Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

They wear so many faces; show up in the strangest places.
To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.


  CLICK HERE  and listen to Alabama sing this beautiful song!


((hugs)) and Blessings

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Recipe for Friendship

Love this devotion, thought you might also.  I've referred to Julia Bettencourt a few times over the years for different meetings at church.  She's fantastic!
 

A Recipe For Friendship

Julia Bettencourt

Friendships are wonderful gifts to our lives straight from God. There are several references to friendship in the Bible. I think of the relationship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20, 2 Samuel 1). Those chapters in Samuel are great reading. Jonathan and David had a great love and respect for each other.

I think of how God called Abraham, "friend" (James 2:23). Moses also comes to mind. Remember how God spoke to him, "face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend" (Exodus 33:11)?

When it comes to our sisters in Christ, friendship takes on a special quality. Friendship between Christians is especially sweet because of the bond of Christ. We are enhanced by those special friendships. Building those friendships is a wonderful way to encourage and lift up others in the Lord.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be
likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the
father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5,6

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of
a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9


Friends are one of the ways God takes care of us. We need all the things friendship entails from other human contact such as encouragement, companionship, love, honesty, loyalty, understanding, and so many more things friendship offers.

Our friendships with our sisters in Christ are like recipes of goodness for us. They bake up something special. You may have heard that saying, "In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips". Friends are that sweet extra in life and even sweeter is friendship among believers in Christ.

Why is a recipe for fellowship and friendship with our sisters in Christ is so Important? Let's check out the ingredients and see what they do.
     
    Sisters In Christ Friendship Recipe
  • Shortening - Provides texture. Our fellowship and friendship with our sisters in the Lord can add much depth and texture to our lives. We blend together in unity as part of the body of Christ.
  • Sugar - Adds sweetness. Our fellowship with our sisters adds such a sweet taste to our lives. If we didn't have sugar in our cookies, we'd sure miss it. The same is with our fellowship with our sisters. We can't leave it out of our lives.
  •  
  • Eggs - Holds ingredients together. Sisters in the Lord are someone to lean on. We are held together by fellowship with them. We are stronger because of them, their prayers, and their love in the Lord. We have a special bond in Christ.
  •  
  • Vanilla - Adds flavor. Sisters add that flavor we need. They give us that extra sensation. Without friends and fellowship we become kind of bland.
  • Flour - Adds substance. We need the substance a sister in the Lord can add. They give us many things by way of mentoring us when we don't even know it. Their shared testimonies and way they live their lives has an impact on us.
  • Baking Soda - Leavens. Leavening agents in baking helps to lighten the dough. Friendship with our sisters in Christ lightens our burdens through their prayer and encouragement.
  •   
  • Salt - Enhances flavor. We know that friendships add flavor and just when we need it, they help improve the tastefulness and quality of our lives. Friends are the type of people that know just what we are going through and are there when we need them.
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips - - The kind of chocolate chips we normally add to our cookies is semi sweet. Our sister friends tell us what they feel and think and that's okay. They can be honest and truthful to us. "Iron sharpeneth iron" (Proverbs 27:17).
  • Nuts...Optional - Just a little craziness in a sister friend is great! Sometimes a little zaniness in our friends can be just the ingredient we need.

Conclusion:
Friendships take a lot of time and effort to bake up but they are worth it when we sense that sweet aroma and special bond that they bring. Friends that have Jesus in common will have lasting relationships, not just here on earth, but will dwell with Christ together throughout eternity.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24.


I wonder if I'm the type of friend that I should be to others, especially to my sisters in Christ. Am I doing all those things that I should be doing, like lifting burdens, adding flavor, helping hold things together with my prayers, and all those other things? I hope I can improve in this area.

So, is your life a good recipe for friendship?
 
Love Y'all


Copyright ©2001-2010 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fasting

I wasn't looking for anything on fasting, I just kinda 'stumbled' upon this from Ann Graham Lotz.  I found it very interesting, maybe you will too.
 
 
“…This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
–Mark 9:29 NKJV
 
Have you ever fasted?  While we often are required to fast from food and/or drink before a medical test or procedure, have you ever fasted voluntarily in association with prayer?  During our Mayday! Mayday! A Distress Call for Prayer, I received quite a number of queries about fasting as it relates to prayer, which leads me to believe it may be an important spiritual discipline that needs fresh consideration.
 
When the disciples who had not drawn aside for a time of quiet retreat with Jesus on the mountain were faced with a difficult situation in Mark 9, they were unable to deal with it.  When they asked Jesus why they had no power to make a difference, He responded that power to make a difference in some situations requires prayer and fasting.
 
So what is fasting?  Traditionally fasting usually involves going without food for a certain period of time.  Jewish tradition calls for fasting from food from sundown on one day until sundown the next day.  In some unique circumstances, the fast can stretch to days and even weeks.  But in a broader sense, fasting means to go without anything and everything in order to make the time to pray.
In prayer we turn to God.  In fasting we turn away from everything else but God.  While we associate fasting most often with abstaining from food, it can also be abstinence from business, emails, phone calls, ministry, entertainment, web surfing, meetings, housework, shopping, cooking, talking, television, technology—the list is unlimited.
 
One reason we fast is not to show God how pious we are.  He already knows.  It is not a “work” we are to add to our prayer effort in order to merit His answer.  His answers are gifts of His grace, not rewards for our work.  It is not to make God love us more or pay us more attention.  He loves us completely, fully.  He can’t love us any more.  And He has already given us His undivided attention without our fasting.  So why do we fast?
 
There are several reasons we fast.  One reason is because Jesus expects us to fast.  He told His disciples, “When you fast…”1 Not if you fast.  For myself, fasting has helped to purify my motives in prayer.  It sharpens my focus on heavenly things and clarifies my perspective on earthly things.   It prompts me to pray more persistently and frequently.  And perhaps most importantly, it reveals to me how sincere I really am as I seek the Lord in prayer.
 
I suggest that you start to build fasting into your prayer life if you haven’t already.  Talk to God about it. Then decide what you will fast from.  When you will fast from it.  And how long you will maintain your fast.  Then do it.  What difference will it make?  Why not find out?2
For His Glory,
 
Anne Graham Lotz
 
 
((hugs)) and Blessings


Sunday, August 2, 2015

What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
 
Chapter 1
Part 6
 
What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us
 
Let me review again what it means to us that Jesus was born into this world and lived among us.  I once heard a preacher say that Jesus was man but not a man.  I am convinced that Jesus was both man and a man.  He had, in the most real sense, that substance and quality that is the essence of mankind.  He was a man born of a woman.
 
Unless we understand this, I do not think we can be fully aware of what it means for Jesus to be representing us ~ a Man representing us at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens.  Suppose you and I were able right now to go to the presence of the Father.  If we could see the Spirit, who is God, and the archangels and seraphim and strange creations out of the fire, we would see them surrounding the throne.  But to our delight and amazement, we would see a Man there, human like we are ~ the Man Christ Jesus Himself!
 
Jesus, the Man who is also God, was raised as a victor from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father.  I think it is safe to say that during this age of the work and witness of the Christian Church of earth.  Jesus would be the one visible Man in that heavenly company at the throne.
 
Of course, there are questions that students of the Bible have discussed for many years.  All of us do well to confess that much about the glorious kingdom of God is yet unknown to us and cannot now be comprehended.  For instance, what about the righteous dead and their place in the heavenlies?
 
We might state our question like this:  If the risen and glorified Jesus is ministering there, what about the great number of Christian men and women who, having died in the faith, have gone on to meet the Lord?  Where are they?
 
First of all, and beyond any other consideration, we know that they are safely sheltered in God's heavenly realm.  The apostle Paul declares that it is 'far better' for the Christian to 'depart, and to be with Christ' (Philippians 1:23) than to continue in this world of sin and tears.
 
At death, only the physical body succumbs.  For the believers in Christ, their undying and immortal spirits have passed into a blessed spiritual abode prepared by our God. Let us be assured that God is ever faithful in His gracious plan for His creation and for His redeemed children.
 
We surely know that all things are not going to continue forever as we now know them.  Paul in the first century wrote advice and encouragement for the Thessalonian believers.  He told them plainly that he did not want them to be unaware of the state of those believers whom he described as 'asleep' ~ having passed into the presence of the Lord through physical death.  His message was one of distinct consolation.  It continues to shine as a word of hope for every believer:
 
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)

(Shofar, Trumpet of God)
 
Plainly our Creator-God and Redeemer still has many kingdom secrets not yet revealed to us.  But we do know that in that glad day of Christ's coming, there will be great transformations, all taking place with split-second speed. Concerning those great changes, Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians:
 
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1Corinthians 15:52-53)
 
Paul used the familiar analogy of plant life to describe to the Corinthians the reality of the promised resurrection:
 
That which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath please him, and to every seed his own body.....
 
So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body......
 
And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly....
 
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  (1 Corinthians 15:36-38, 42-44, 49, 54)
 
Surely it was this same revelation by the Spirit of God that caused the writer Jude to exclaim:
 
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen (Jude 24-25)
 
We rest upon God's revelation that in the heavenly world today, Jesus in His glorified body represents us at the throne of God.  Each of us who loves and serves Him has a right to the great scriptural promises.  In that great climactic event of the ages, our Lord will come and we shall all be changed.  He will present us before the eternal throne with exceeding joy, glorified even as He is glorified!
 
 
Memo:
Tozer used the KJV for the scriptures he gives in this study.  You might want to refer to an easier version to better understand the scriptures used in this post.
 
Memo:
 I have heard it said that the trump or trumpet mentioned in the above scripture will be the shofar.  Click on the link below to hear this sound.  It's awesome!
Click Here


We'll be starting Chapter 2 on the next post.
Jesus, God's Final Revelation

((hugs)) and Blessings,
Mary Jane



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Some Bible Trivia

Hello Ladies
I was going thru my scrapbook this morning, it's been so long since I've looked at it I had forgotten some of things I have in it.  I came across this and thought you might find it facinating.  I sure did.  God does things so wonderfully.
 
 
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 117
 
What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 119
 
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Psalm 118
 
Fact:
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
 
Fact:
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
 
Add these numbers up and you get 1188
 
What is the center verse in the Bible?
Psalm 118:8
 
Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives?  The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!
 
It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8
 
Now isn't that odd how this worked out? 
Nope, not odd just the Glory of God!
Amen
 
Faith doesn't get you around trouble, it gets you through it.
 
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of Bible Trivia.
 
Love to all,
Mary Jane